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APCDA Committees, Work Groups, and Task Forces

APCDA Committees

APCDA's Committees perform the work of the Association, and there is much to be done.  Please volunteer.

Awards & Scholarships Committee is responsible for finding ways to inform those who might benefit of the availability of awards and scholarships. Scholarships are available to students and recent graduates of any career services training program or related academic programs. Members need encouragement to nominate a worthy award recipient or to self-nominate. (

Bylaws and Policies Committee is responsible for drafting proposed wording for bylaws and policy changes.  It drafts amendments to the Bylaws and reviews the final wording of amendments presented by the membership at the Annual Meeting to ensure their consistency with the style and substance of the Bylaws. It also drafts revisions to the Policies and Procedures Manual to address issues that arise over time. (

Ethics & Standards Committee is responsible for assuring that leaders are aware of the ethical responsibilities of leadership, that the APCDA Code of Ethics is relevant and appropriate for all members, and that the standards, competencies, glossary, and other APCDA Resources are updated as new issues arise that career professionals are required to address.  (

Membership Committee is responsible for promoting membership in APCDA, welcoming new members, and encouraging continuing membership. It reviews procedures for processing applications and recommends improvements, offers services to members such as Orientation, and looks for ways to help members feel connected.  Promoting membership includes answering the question "Why should I pay annual dues to APCDA? How does membership benefit me?" (

News Committee is responsible for soliciting articles from the leadership and members for the weekly News Blog.  It will edit and format these articles to follow the newsletter format.  It will make recommendations to the Board related to improvements in the news blog. (

Nominations and Elections Committee is responsible for identifying a slate of candidates which includes at least 2 candidates for each open elective position.  It will canvass members for names of suitable nominees. A member may be nominated by any member of good standing or may self-nominate. It will be responsible for assuring that the nominations and elections procedures are followed in accord with the Bylaws. The Director of the Nominations and Elections Committee will be the Past President. (

Program Committee is responsible for planning and executing professional development webinars for members of APCDA. Members of the committee will identify topics that are important to the membership, arrange for the speakers, and introduce the speakers during the webinar. (

Public Relations Committee is responsible for developing a strategy to build awareness of APCDA in our region and the world.  It is responsible for assuring that our presence on Social Media is current and vibrant.  It may also recommend policies relating to the publications of the Association and changes in the media policies, marketing plans, and proposals for new publications or products to the Board. (

Research Committee is responsible for facilitating cooperation on research projects among APCDA members. It can identify qualified members to provide advice on conducting the research and on getting the results published. (

Work Groups and Task Forces

Note:  Both Work Groups and Task Forces are temporary and goal-driven.  Work groups are formed as needed to achieve association goals, while task forces are called by the current President to address a specific issue during that President’s term of office.

Glossary Project Work Group is responsible for developing a glossary that includes definitions of common career planning terms upon which our members can agree.  It is also responsible for pursuing the development of a comparable glossary in various member languages.  As our field grows and terminology changes, the glossary is likely to grow and change to fit current circumstances. (

Journal Editorial Board 

While the Journal Editorial Board has full autonomy in its running of the Journal (it is different from any of the above types of groups), the Journal Editorial Board also offers volunteer opportunities to those in the research community.  Click here for more information about the Journal Editorial Board.

Please email for more information or to volunteer.

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